No Commentson Germany welcomes normalisation of UAE-Israel relations Berlin, August 14, 2020 — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has welcomed the treaty on “diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.” The top German diplomat issued a statement today calling the treaty “historic.” “I have just spoken to Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on the phone and congratulated him on this historic step. The normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is an important contribution to achieving peace in the region. It is good that the Israeli government has agreed to suspend its annexation plans,” he said.
We hope that this agreement will be the starting point for further positive developments in the region and that it can also give new impetus to the Middle East peace process. We continue to claim that only a negotiated two-state solution can bring lasting peace to the Middle East. In recent months, together with our partners in Europe and the region, we have worked hard to prevent annexation and to support the resumption of direct negotiations. We are also ready to actively support this process,” he added. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert also expressed the hope that the treaty would pave the way for a resumption of negotiations on the two-state solution.